Ever since the Predator first stepped out of the jungle,
sci-fi fans have wanted to see just one thing: Alien in a
head to head with Predator, fighting it out on the big screen.
Now, with the movie AVP: Alien Vs Predator, the wait
is finally over! This is the behind the scenes companion to
the film, written by the chief creature effects supervisors
on the movie...
The Creature Effects of ADI is
a beautifully illustrated book, packed to bursting (no pun
intended) with behind the scenes images and information on
the AVP movie. Although, a word of warning. Don't expect
to really get a look at any of the sets or locations of the
movie. This is purely a look at the creation of the creatures
(or re-creation may be a better term). But then this is clearly
pointed out on the cover.
authors, Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr, acted as creature
effects co-creators on AVP as well as being the founders
of Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc, (ADI). This book charters their
successes and failures in creating the main characters for
the movie. They also get the chance to showcase their own
sense of humour - one of the chapters is entitled 'We're Going
to Need a Bigger Brush' - an obvious reference to Jaws.
in summing up their real involvement on the film they openly
admit that they reused Alien moulds from the previous movies
and had to build the Predator from scratch as there were no
original ones in existence. This throws up another question:
How can this book really claim to be about creature creation
when the team at ADI were not really responsible for creating
these monsters? All they really did was bring them up to date.
With the exception of the Alien queen, all we get are modern
copies of the originals.
book is backed full of full colour, glossy pages. There are
plenty of 'artist profiles' which give the reader a little
background information on some of the many artists involved
in the movie. And, in all respects, this is a beautifully
book which will take fans about as close as they are likely
to get to understanding the inner workings of what appears
to be a very promising movie. At the very least this film
should be, as the images in this book show, a visual feast
of monstrous proportions.
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